Pros: Head Material, Handle Material, None
Nicely made, but requires some tricky assembly.
I purchased this spear for the study of historical European martial arts and survival/defense, the spear being one of the easiest weapons to use without much training. The fact that the handle is made of American ash was a big draw, as many commercially-sold wood-hafted weapons do not identify the wood and are usually of an inferior type, often from other countries (and thus are negatively affected by the difference in humidity and temperature, or succumb to parasites). The paracord wrapping is nicely done and gives you a bit of cordage to have on hand in a survival situation. The leather sheath is well made and a good fit, and makes the spear much safer to transport and store. The fact that a real leather sheath was included at this price point is a bit plus. The steel head is a simple, sturdy construction that reminds me of a shovel. The the long head could easily be used as a slashing weapon in addition to thrusting. This gets into a few things I would have liked to have known before I purchased. All the photographs of this spear are from one side, which concealed the fact that the spear is not "solid" like medieval ones. Instead, it's made much like a shovel, with a single flat piece of steel formed into the shape and the bottom portion bent around to form a socket. Thus the "spine" of the spear is hollow on one side and the shaft is visible poking through from that side. This gets to my next gripe, which is that the head is not mounted when received. No screws are included, and while the shaft is tapered, it is not enough to mount "out of the box." I had to use a spoke-shave and coarse sandpaper to gently carve the tip down, repeatedly checking the fit until I got it just right. This isn't very hard, but does require a little bit of woodworking skill and patience. I drilled pilot holes and then mounted with two screws I had, and then re-stained and sealed the upper part of the shaft. Now mounted, the whole thing is quite sturdy, though I have yet to give it serious abuse. I did note the spear head is sharp at the tip, but the sides are very dull and will require sharpening, likely using techniques that would work on an ax or garden tool.